May/June Gallery Exhibits Opening

Release Date: 5/13/2010. Expired: 7/3/2010

Join us May 13th for the opening of Derek Cote’s installation The Aesthetic Beauty of Platonic Aberrations and Margaret LeJeune’s photographs The Modern Day Diana Series. A short lecture will precede the opening from 5:30-6pm. The opening is from 6-7:30pm. The exhibit is free and runs May 13th through July 3rd.

Visual Art Gallery

Derek Coté: The Aesthetic Beauty of Platonic Aberrations

Sometimes what we see is not what we get; knowledge of the world is limited, or at least dictated, by appearances. Coté’s artwork positions the world in a way that relocates the viewer and persuades them to question of what things are and how things work. This sculpture-based installation incorporates a Geodesic dome, a paper tent, a gilded woodpile, and a lighting element to throw shadows, all of which allow the viewer to create their own narrative as they wander through the space.

As a former explorer, frustrated architect, and aspiring social examiner, Derek Coté studied at Virginia Commonwealth University and Washington University where he received his MFA and BFA. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, Exit Art and Roebling Hall in New York City, Marmara University in Istanbul, and Artwave Radio in Athens, Greece. In addition Derek was included in the 2007 Young Sculptors Competition at Miami University in Ohio, received a professional Artist Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and was an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently teaches at Watkins College of Art&Design.

East Wing Gallery

Margaret LeJeune: Modern Day Diana Series

The Roman goddess of the hunt was Diana. She was praised for her strength, athletic grace, beauty, and hunting skills. Her vigor and health were admired and her strength and protection was sought for young children and women in childbirth. This photographic series seeks to explore the modern notions of women hunters. Each image depicts a very personal representation of the sitter, made evident by the setting.

Margaret LeJeune is an image-maker from Rochester, NY. Working predominately in photographic based mediums, LeJeune explores issues of constructed gender, sexism, power dynamics and stereotypes. Her work has been exhibited nationally, in many juried and solo exhibitions. In 2008 she was the winner of the Best in Show award at the ARC Gallery in Chicago, which exhibits

the work of seminal feminist artists. Margaret LeJeune has been a member of the Lyon College faculty since 2007.

And the North Wing Gallery will display the 11th Annual Little Masters Exhibit. This exhibit highlights the artwork of Dickson County elementary schools. The final product is a representation of the amazing talent in our schools!

For more information about the exhibits, please contact Amanda Dillingham at 615-740-5545 or For more information on Derek Cote, please visit For more information about Margaret LeJeune, please visit

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